Monday Morning Makeup Maven featuring Lisa Eldridge

Being one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the world, Lisa Eldridge have painted the faces of A-list celebrities. Who knew that discovering her mother’s makeup when she was a child was what it took to spark her passion for makeup to later on having it as a career. 


Here are 5 interesting facts about Lisa Eldrige:

1. Lisa is a make-up artist, creative director, and author.

2. She was raised in New Zealand and Liverpool, England.

3. Before she enrolled at Complexions for editorial makeup, she took a course in theatrical makeup because she couldn’t find a school for fashion makeup at the moment.

5. Her first big break was under Elle UK with Cindy Crawford and David Sims.

5. Lisa is now the Global Creative Director of Lancôme.



Lisa on social media (verified):

Instagram: @lisaeldridgemakeup

Twitter: @lisa_eldridge

Website: https://www.lisaeldridge.com

Monday Morning Makeup Maven featuring Nikki Makeup

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In this digital age, Instagram is just one of the few platforms that is home to talented makeup artists. Either upping up trends or making trends in the industry— they showcase their craft and amaze their audience. In today’s MMMM feature, the spotlight goes to Nikki Makeup.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Nikki Makeup:

  1. It was during her first job of working for a fashion photography teacher that she was able to master her makeup on different faces.

  2. She studied makeup course at London College of Fashion.

  3. She is a Global Makeup Ambassador for Becca Cosmetics.

  4. She is a beauty columnist at Glamour Uk.

  5. Rankin, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Patrice De Villiers, Max Oppenheim, Robert Charbonnet and Dan Kennedy are a few of the well-known photographers she has worked with. 

Nikki on social media (verified):

Instagram: @nikki_makeup

Twitter: @nikki_makeup

Website: http://nikkimakeup.com

Ruth Marcella | Makeup Artist


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I get lots of emails asking how I got into makeup and advice about the industry so I have decided my first blog post will talk about my own personal experience of being a makeup artist. This is my only job and I do pay all my bills each month solely from work as a freelance make-up artist so I suppose I do make a good living from it.


To succeed in any competitive industry I think you need to love what you do.  Whichever aspect of makeup that you decide to go into you have to have enthusiasm and passion to make it work. It can be a tough industry sometimes with long hours and it can be hard work lugging all the kit around, on your feet all day working to tight deadlines but each time I go on a job I feel so blessed to be doing a job that I love.

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How did you get into the industry?
By mistake…
I could say I always knew I wanted to be a makeup artist but that would be a lie… I fell into makeup purely by accident. I suppose looking back I have always been the one within my group of friends that would be the designated hair/makeup person but I never thought of it for a career. I studied Fashion and when I left I worked in a buying office. My friend was getting married and couldn’t find anybody to do her make-up how she wanted it, she begged me to help and I found the word YES slipping from my lips.
As the wedding approached I thought what have I let myself in for and panicked so booked onto a short make-up course at LCF so I would be better prepared. It was there within the piles of MAC makeup that I fell in love and thought I want to do this EVERY day.  I then got a job at MAC cosmetics, followed by a full makeup course at North West Media Make Up School before studying hairdressing and that’s about it.


When I first started I worked a lot for free. The thing I learnt about this period in my career was to only work for free when it’s beneficial for YOU.  At the beginning I wanted to do makeup and took every opportunity to progress.  I worked with lots of photographers to build a portfolio. In this industry I believe your portfolio sells you. If your portfolio is weak it doesn’t matter how many qualifications you have you will not find much work. When I had a small portfolio I had a website built. I think it’s important to have a website as most people do and it gives potential clients a way to view your work quickly and efficiently.


After that I started to look for work locally as all these things cost money and I had to start making some CASH ££££$$$$$$. I started by doing a lot of bridal work. I enjoy meeting brides and found that it was well paid and with the hair skills I have, I was able to cater for makeup and hair.  During this period of time I started to get more enquiries through my website for media work and was able to start making more contacts. My work at the moment is a mixture of media assignments and make-up for individuals and I find this works well for my lifestyle as I chose the hours I work. There are many ways to get into the make-up industry but that was my entrance into this industry.

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How do you find work? Make-Up is such a competitive industry and it’s too difficult to find work.
Many of you that have contacted me for advice tell me they have left college and are finding it near impossible to find work. Every year there are new makeup artists qualifying in makeup and many of them find it hard to find work. It can be quite overwhelming to think of it in terms of how many makeup artists are competing for the same jobs but I have always thought about it slightly differently. When I walk along the road and see billboards I think there was a makeup artist involved in that photo-shoot. If you think of every advertisement, commercial, TV Show, Editorial, Fashion Show etc. produced in the UK then that is a lot of available work. If you are good at what you do, are reliable, apply yourself in every job, and work hard to put yourself in front of people that can hire you then there is no reason that you won’t get work.



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I don’t live in a big city and find it hard to find work locally?
Where you live will affect the kind of work that is available to you.  In terms of Media Work you are better placed to accept assignments if you live in a city that has a lot of production companies, ad agencies etc. In the UK that would probably be the bigger cities such as London or Manchester. In The US it would be most likely to be LA or New York.  This does not however mean that you can’t succeed as a make-up artist if you don’t live in those areas. There will be media jobs outside the big cities; you may have a TV production company that is local to you that you can pursue opportunities within. The key is to do your research. Find out what is going on in your area and how you can become involved. It may be cost effective for you to travel to bigger cities for work but even if you can only work locally there always work available to you. The bridal market grows year on year and many brides require a makeup artist. If you are able to become known for bridal makeup then that can be a very lucrative market to work within. This also applies to the whole special occasion makeup market which includes proms, hen nights, graduations etc.


How did you build your kit and know which products to buy?
If there is one thing I love to do that is shop for makeup. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Building my kit took me a while and is still a work in progress. I like to try different products and work out what is the best fit for me as a makeup artist. When I first started out I had a lot of MAC makeup in my kit. I still use quite a bit of MAC but I have discovered other brands such as Make Up Forever, Inglot, Charlotte Tilbury.  Many of these brands offer a professional discount and also produce makeup artist palettes which are great for make-up artists. It can take a while to build a makeup kit but it’s an investment.


Do you every need assistants?
I do have opportunities for assistants occasionally so if you are interested get in touch and I will add you to my list (ruthmarcella@mail.com) or tweet me any questions (@ruthmarcella).


Ruth Marcella | Makeup Artist


Monday Morning Makeup Maven featuring Kevyn Aucoin

In the makeup industry, there are hundreds— if not thousands of names that are iconic and memorable even after the lifetime of the artist. For Kevyn Aucoin, he wasn’t just iconic or memorable— he was a legend that made ripples beyond the borders of his country, gender, and industry.

Here are 5 interesting facts about Kevyn Aucoin:

  1. Kevyn (February 14, 1962 - May 7, 2002) was an American makeup artist, photographer, and author. 

  2. At six years old, he knew he was gay and because of this— he was targeted by bullies and eventually made him drop out of high school and pursue his passion in makeup by enrolling into a beauty school. 

  3. Before he worked daily with Vogue photographer Steven Meisel, he did free makeup on test models to help build his portfolio. 

  4. By the age of 21 (1983), he was the Creative Director of Revlon’s prestige Ultima II line of cosmetics. 

  5. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty line was established in 2001 and to this day, his products are cult status: his Sensual Skin Enhancer, Neo-Highlighter and Sculpting Contour Powder are still sell-outs to this day.

Just as Tori Amos once said,

“For those like me who loved Kevyn the person, the heart now weeps as if made of water color. Earth has lost yet another light, but perhaps, he has joined the masters who paint our sunsets."

(The Tori Amos song "Taxi Ride" from her 2002 album Scarlet's Walk is a partial homage to Kevyn.)

Kevyn on social media (verified):

Instagram: @kevynaucoin

Twitter: @kevyn_aucoin

Website: https://kevynaucoinbeauty.com/ 

Monday Morning Make Up Maven featuring Pat McGrath

‘I was recently thinking about where as a make-up artist I get my inspiration from.  The answer was a tricky one. There is a lot that inspires us as artists—  inspiration can come from art, film, the environment, music, street style, a person’s face, a colour, or a mood. This got me thinking about the artists who have inspired me along my journey. They have used techniques that has made me stop and study the image. To the risk takers and the make up educators: it’s my opinion that you never stop learning in your life's journey. Never get stagnant, just because you do something well doesn't mean you can't be better. That’s what these artists are to me, they are always striving for better and they inspire me to be better as well. You may not recognise their faces but you will have seen their work. Social media has also shook up the industry and we have more access than ever to their techniques and tips through Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and the like. It took me a while to decide who to start with... but I knew then that it had to be Pat McGrath."

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Official Logo of Pat McGrath from https://www.patmcgrath.com/


Interesting facts about Pat McGrath

1. Pat is British, from Northampton and born in 1970.

2. She is the creative director of Procter and Gamble (includes Covergirl, Max Factor and D&G) and now has her own brand of makeup.

3. She was influenced my the Blitz Kids movement.

4. She was awarded a MBE in 2014 for her services to fashion.

5.She is also known for her inventive use of materials: her most creative makeup is handmade, and she works mainly with her fingers instead of with brushes

Pat on social media (verified):

Instagram : @patmcgrathreal

Twitter : @patmcgrathreal

Happy Birthday Ella Creative Academy - Make-up graduates and industry news!

Ella Creative Academy (ECA), Liverpool’s prestigious hair and makeup academy has just reached its 1st anniversary!!

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The students that have graduated in the last 12 months are already making strides out in industry working with lots of well known brands and more local clients. We have been able to provide our students and graduates with opportunities for work experience and commercial work with British Style Collective, Vevo Music, Great British Racing, as well as working within the Orchid Blush commercial team as official catwalk team for Bliss Wedding Shows at Echo Exhibition Centre and working with celebrities  JP Cooper, Rag and Bone Man, Yungen, Ratboy, Moelogo, The Blossoms as well as models and beauty influencers and private clients. Its been a great first year for Team Ella !!!

As well as our great industry connections we have also arranged trips for our Ella students to fantastic make-up brands including MAC Cosmetics and Urban Decay cosmetics.

Ella Creative Academy offers Liverpool city-based hair and makeup courses at its studio in the Baltic triangle and the popular Level 3 Fashion & Photographic Makeup Course is about to begin its next group's (Feb 24th Saturday group 10 weeks or Feb 26th Monday group 10 weeks).  For more information please visit www.ellacreativeacademy.co.uk

For more information on Ella Creative Academy or to view any of our previous work, please follow us on social media.

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Ella Academy's lead the way as latest course launches.. VTCT Level 3 Award in Media Make Up.

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Have you ever fancied working behind the scenes on a horror film/TV series or creating a Halloween look so realistic even your friends are petrified? 

We thought so.  Look no further!  The new VTCT Level 3 Award in Media Make-up begins on 14th August and you could be part of it.

The course covers the foundation of film and TV special effects and make-up designs.  What’s even better is that the course is designed for beginners and those already in the industry, so you’re not restricted in any way.
 
But what exactly will you learn?  You’ll learn techniques in how to create flesh, cuts, bruises, injuries, black eyes, wax prosthetics, burn effects, fantasy/body art – and much, much more.
 
The course will begin on 14th August and last for five days.  As this is a new course, we’re offering it at an introductory rate of £695 instead of £995 for a limited time only.

ECA Level 3 Make Up students celebrate completing course

Ella Creative Academy is a newly-formed academy offering hair and makeup courses in Liverpool.  Ella Creative Academy offers courses for the experienced artist who might wish to learn new skills or alternatively, there are courses aimed at beginners who have no experience in the industry.
 

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The first cohort of the Level 3 Fashion & Photography course have recently celebrated the completion of their course following a successful fashion photoshoot at Vessel Studios.  This group of students now have the skills to join the hair and makeup industry.
 

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This Liverpool makeup course is running again in April (on Saturday’s) and in May (on Monday’s) and there are limited places available.  Full information on this makeup course can be found on www.ellacreativeacademy.co.uk.  Additionally, you can see updates from Ella Creative Academy, and its students, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

If you’re thinking of participating in a makeup course and would like an informal chat, without obligation, please contact us on contact@ellacreativeacademy.co.uk

Ella Creative Academy Make-up students create innovative model portfolios at Vessel Studios Liverpool

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Ella Creative Academy (ECA), Liverpool’s newest hair and makeup academy, has recently partnered with Vessel Studios to give ECA students an exciting opportunity.

The students, who are close to completing the Level 3 Fashion & Photographic Makeup Course at Ella Creative Academy, worked with Vessel Studios and a number of models, to create innovative and dramatic hair and makeup styles.  The aim was to provide the models with new photos for their portfolios that were unlike any other, whilst giving the students the opportunity to work in a fast-paced fashion environment.  The students and models had a very productive day and created three portfolios for the models.

Ella Creative Academy offers Liverpool-based hair and makeup courses and the popular Level 3 Fashion & Photographic Makeup Course is about to begin its second cohort.  For more information please visit www.ellacreativeacademy.co.uk

For more information on Ella Creative Academy or to view any of our previous work, please follow us on social media.

Twitter @ella_academy

Instagram @ellacreativeacademy

 
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Fly on the Wall Photoshoot with photographer Ste Walker Photography... - Make Up Academy News - Liverpool

A few weeks back we had the talented photography Ste Walker into the make-up academy in Liverpool documenting a day on our Level 3 fashion and photographic make-up course. It was a bit daunting at first the thought of somebody taking close ups all day , however Ste being the friendly person he is soon put us all at ease. It actually felt very natural and he chatted away to the students about the make-up course and what they have learnt. We were very happy with the photographs and its great to see the make-up academy in full swing.

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“No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.”
— Gary Vaynerchuk

For more of Ste Walker's work visit

 http://www.stewalkerphotography.com

For more information about Ella Creative make-up courses in Liverpool Visit

www.ellacreativeacademy.co.uk

or Follow us on Instagram  @ellacreativeacademy

Ella Creative Academy Make Up Students provide make-up for Fashion and Cupcake show...

A make-up artist team of our talented students from the Fashion and Photographic Makeup course at Ella Creative Academy supported tutor, Ruth Marcella as the makeup artists for The Fashion and Cupcakes event which took place at 54 Saint James St, Liverpool at the weekend.

The Level 3 make-up course students had the opportunity to show off their creative make-up talents with editorial make up look for all of the models. It gave the make-up students a great experience and opportunity to test their skills in a real life, high pressure, working environment and they all did fantastic and were extremely professional and the feedback was very positive from clients Mavazi Designs and Forever Eighteen Liverpool based fashion brands. 

To Follow our Liverpool make-up academy course news connect on Instagram @ellacreativeacademy

 

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Ella Make Up Academy Liverpool has launched ✨✨

Saturday marked the launch of our first Ella Creative Academy makeup course in Liverpool ! 

The students for the VTCT Level 3 certificate in fashion and photographic make-up joined us at our centre in 54 Saint James Street in the heart of Liverpools creative Baltic Triangle

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It was lovely to meet them all and they all got off to a great start quickly picking up the fashion techniques covered in week one.

The first make-up topic we covered is skin work, the basis of any great make up application is to perfect the skin. To achieve a perfect canvas we paid special attention to prepping the skin with a good cleanse tone moisturise and then used a variety of make up products to achieve a perfect canvas. The students did really well and managed to achieve excellent results. To work as a makeup artist in commercial fashion it a necessity to be able to achieve the editorial minimal makeup look whilst complimenting the feautures and perfecting the skin..

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Well done ECA students ✨✨✨✨✨ 

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Liverpool make-up artist Ruth Marcella shares how to become a make-up artist and make money from it! -

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Interview from make-up tutor Ruth Marcella

I get lots of emails asking how I got into make-up and advice about the make-up industry  so I have decided my first blog post will talk about my own personal experience of being a make-up artist.  I have been a full time make up artist for around 10 years and this is my only job and I do pay all my bills each month solely from work as a freelance make-up artist so I do make a good living from it.

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To succeed in any competitive industry I think you need to love what you do.  Whichever aspect of make-up that you decide to go into you have to have enthusiasm and passion to make it work.  It can be a tough industry sometimes with long hours and it can be hard work lugging all the kit around and working to tight deadlines but each time I go on a job I feel so blessed to be doing a job that I love.

How did you get into the industry?

By mistake… …..

I could say I always knew I wanted to be a make-up artist but that would be a lie…. I fell into make -up purely by accident. I suppose looking back I have always been the one within my group of friends that would be the designated hair/make-up person but I never thought of it for a career. I studied Fashion and when I left I worked in a retail buying office in Liverpool. My friend was getting married and couldn’t find anybody to do her make-up how she wanted it, she begged me to help and I found the word YES slipping from my lips.

As the wedding approached I thought what have I let myself in for and panicked so booked onto a short make-up course at London College of Fashion so I would be better prepared. It was there within the stacks of MAC make-up that I fell in love and thought I want to do this EVERY day.  I then got a job at MAC cosmetics, followed by a full make-up course before studying hairdressing and that’s about it.

When I first started I worked a lot for free. The thing I learnt about this period in my make-up career was to only work for free when it’s beneficial for YOU.  At the beginning I wanted to do make-up and took every opportunity to progress.  I worked with lots of photographers to build a portfolio. In this industry I believe your portfolio sells you. If your portfolio is weak it doesn’t matter how many qualifications you have you will not find much work. When I had a small portfolio I had a website built. I think it’s important to have a website as most people do and it gives potential clients a way to view your work quickly and efficiently.

After that I started to look for work locally as all these things cost money and I had to start making some CASH ££££$$$$$$. I started by doing a lot of bridal work. I enjoy meeting brides and found that it was well paid and with the hair skills I have, I was able to cater for make-up and hair.  During this period of time I started to get more enquiries through my website for media make-up work and was able to start making more contacts. My work at the moment is a mixture of media assignments and make-up for individuals and I find this works well for my lifestyle as I chose the hours I work. There are many ways to get into the make-up industry but that was my entrance into this industry.

How do you find work? Make-Up is such a competitive industry and it’s too difficult to find work?

Many artist that have contacted me for advice tell me they have left college and are finding it challenging to find work. That is why Ella Creative Academy has a great aftercare program and tries to offer opportunities for work experience which gives students a benefit when breaking in to the make-up industry. If you think of every advertisement, commercial, TV Show, Editorial, Fashion Show etc. produced in the UK then that is a lot of available work. If you are good at what you do, are reliable, apply yourself  in every job and work hard to put yourself in front of people that can hire you then there is no reason that you won’t get work. The great thing about Ella Creative Academy is that all the tutors are working in the make-up industry so our courses have been designed based on that make-up knowledge so when our students leave they have the knowledge to start working straight away.

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I don’t live in a big city and find it hard to find work locally?

Where you live will affect the kind of work that is available to you.  In terms of Media Work you are better placed to accept assignments if you live in a city that has a lot of production companies, ad agencies etc. In the UK that would probably be the bigger cities such as London or Manchester. In The US it would be most likely to be LA or New York.  This does not however mean that you can’t succeed as a make-up artist if you don’t live in those areas. There will be media jobs outside the big cities; you may have a TV production company that is local to you that you can pursue opportunities within. The key is to do your research. Find out what is going on in your area and how you can become involved. It may be cost effective for you to travel to bigger cities for work but even if you can only work locally there always work available to you. The bridal market grows year on year and many brides require a make-up artist. If you are able to become known for bridal make-up then that can be a very lucrative market to work within. This also applies to the whole special occasion make-up market which includes proms, hen nights, graduations etc.

What part of the make-up industry to you enjoy the most?

My freelance life as a make-up artist is varied and I enjoy that. My background was fashion so I work on photoshoots and commercial work  with men (grooming) also which is also interesting. I also have lots of private clients and have a number of bridal parties per year with my company Orchid Blush. I have worked on music events and fashion shows and love the fast paced make-up jobs which are always hard work but can be lots of fun to. As I work with international brand and also some celebrity clients its always fun to walk past as advert or poster or see something on the television and know that you were part of the team that created the images.  I enjoy it all!

How did you build your kit and know which products to buy?

If there is one thing I love to do that is shop for make-up. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Building my kit took me a while and is still a work in progress. I like to try different products and work out what is the best fit for me as a make-up artist. When I first started out I had a lot of MAC make-up in my kit. I still use quite a bit of MAC but I have discovered other brands such as Make-Up ForeverOCC cosmeticsInglotYaby.  Many of these brands offer a professional discount and also produce make-up artist palettes which are great for make-up artists. It can take a while to build a make-up kit but it’s an investment.

As well as her freelance work, Ruth now passes on her expert knowledge to budding makeup artists in the making as the Principal of Ella Creative Academy, teaching fashion and media make-up course in Liverpool

Connect with Ruth on social media:.

Instagram @ellacreativeacademy

Twitter @ruthmarcella

Liverpool make up course launching! -Level 3 VTCT Fashion and Photographic Make-Up Certificate

Liverpool make up course launching! -Level 3 VTCT Fashion and Photographic Make-Up Certificate

Ella Creative Academy is opening in Jan 2017! After months of preparation and becoming an accredited VTCT centre in Liverpool we are pleased to announce the VTCT Level 3 Fashion and Photographic Certificate course will be starting on 14th January and there are a few places still available. 

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Ella Creative Academy Make Up Tutor behind the scenes at Vevo Halloween | Liverpool Bramley Moore Dock...

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Liverpool was this years chosen venue for five fantastic live performances at Bramley-Moore Dock for Vevo’s annual Halloween party. Our tutor Ruth Marcella who runs Orchid Blush alongside sharing her knowledge teaching courses at Ella Creative academy. 

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This years theme was phobias and the artist performing all dressed up for their stage performances and appearances on the 'black carpet'.

Izzy Bizu was an etherial Snow Queen and was stunning in person and glittered under the stage lights during her performance and the very striking Aurora who opted for Lace and Stiches ... 

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Then onto Zara Larsons Band and Dancers who opted for dark make-up as 'the crows"

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Then onto the finale act of the night the stockport band The Blossoms who opted to go for thriller style make-up as Michael Jackson and the dancers for Thriller video.

The make-up team used prosthetics and the band were trooper sitting patiently and the finished effect was ghoulish. Ruth used illustrator palette and gelatine prosthetics and SFX blood products for the zombie rot effects.

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Copyright Photo Vevo - Stockport Band The Blossoms

For more information about special effects make-up and creating gruesome effects check out our make-up courses ... and follow our blog or social media for more news from our academy and tutor team..

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